Synchronous v/s Asynchronous e-learning
In today’s e-learning scenario, the type of learning that takes place is generally divided into one of two categories: synchronous and asynchronous. Nowadays there are a number of startups coming with pre-recorded online lectures and activities. From a corporate standpoint, video-based e-learning is propagated as an easier and cheaper alternative to one on one personalized learning.
They argue that videos can be paused, watched at a more convenient time, or shared with others who need the same learning. However, it has many serious limitations. Though hitting pause is always an option, it can be tough to keep the continuity of the full lesson without watching the entire video in one sitting. While watching a pre-recorded video session, if you have a question to be clarified, there will be no teacher to help you out. In such a situation, our real-time interactive learning program has an edge over any other modes of e-learning.
If you are using any real-time teaching and learning tool, it is synchronous e-learning. It uses an audio device, which allows students and teachers to ask and answer questions live. “I prefer synchronous learning because I need to communicate with my teacher as if she is in front of me.”, as quotes by our student. In addition to this, it can provide a whiteboard on which the tutor or the student can upload video and audio files, worksheets, PPTs or any other learning materials. Rather than learning on their own, students are able to interact with their teachers during the lesson. The main benefit is that it enables students to be in communication with the teachers throughout the learning process.
This type of learning, on the other hand, can happen even when the student or teacher is offline. Pre-recorded videos shared via web or email and messages posted on community forums are typical examples of asynchronous e-learning. In such a scenario, students have to complete the lessons on their own. Those who lack the motivation do not get any significant benefit from this mode of learning. Asynchronous learning can also lead to feelings of isolation, as there is no real interactive educational environment.
Effective e-learning program should include both asynchronous and synchronous learning activities. The virtual platform that we use is the typical example of a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning. We make use of live discussions together with offline teaching through the sharing of materials, homework, assignments, etc. This allows students and teachers to benefit from the different delivery formats regardless of their schedules or preferred learning methods. This approach provides students with access to immediate help if needed, while still giving them the ability to learn at their own pace.